The Invest in Youth project is transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people across Lancashire. Hear more about it from some of our participants and team members involved:
This project supports young people who are aged 15–24 and who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). This includes young people at risk of becoming NEET and ‘hidden’ NEETs (i.e. young people who are NEET but not ‘formally’ recorded as such).
Through this project, participants benefit from the intensive support of a Key Worker. Starting with an initial assessment the Key Worker works through each participant’s own interests and the barriers they face around entering work or further learning. Together they develop a personal action plan; then their Key Worker guides and supports each participant to achieve milestones and overcome their different barriers. By developing skills and interests, the project helps participants to be more ready for education, training or work.
Invest in Youth: Saving lives in Lancashire
The Invest in Youth project was independently evaluated and found to be “fundamental to people’s progression and well-being”. Without the project often people would be continuing to do ‘nothing’, being aimless and ‘lost’. In some cases impact was even more profound, with several participants stating they may no longer be here if it wasn’t for the support they’ve had. The holistic, slow-paced support lead by workers the young people have developed strong bonds with have been central to success:
Invest in Youth in Action:
Here are some of our participant’s journeys through this project:
Can the Invest in Youth project help you or someone you know?
For details about Invest in Youth, please contact the Building Better Opportunities team at Selnet Ltd as your first point of contact. They will be able to answer any initial queries and signpost you to the relevant support.
The Invest in Youth project is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. Following an extension to the project, it will now receive £4M of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.